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Kill-n-Tell (and All That Jazz): The Seductions of Crime in Chicago

Tzanelli, R, O'Brien, M and Yar, M (2005) Kill-n-Tell (and All That Jazz): The Seductions of Crime in Chicago. Crime, Media and Culture, 1 (3). 243 - 261 . ISSN 1741-6590


This article uses the lens of cultural criminology to explore representations of the seductions of crime (Katz, 1988) in Hollywood cinema. We use a specific film – Chicago (Miramax Films, 2002) – to investigate the cultural embeddedness of the emotional and sensual parameters that are said to constitute the foreground of criminal activity. We suggest that the stated aim of cultural criminology – to connect the phenomenal foreground of criminal acts to their material background – is laudable but that there is also a pressing need to connect that foreground to specific features of its cultural background. Our analysis of the film Chicago exposes the social circulation of important cultural motifs that help to make sense of why certain kinds of emotional and sensual features might be attended to in accounts of the commission of crimes.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 10:25
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:49
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741659005057639
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1741659005057639
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43399

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